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Woman killed in dog attack
Screven County sheriff: No signs of foul play
Screven County Sheriff W

A woman was killed in Screven County on Monday night by her boyfriend's pit bulldog.

Michelle Wilcox, 30, was found dead at a Jenkins Lane residence near Newington, said Screven County Sheriff Mike Kile in a release issued late Tuesday.

Around 6 p.m. Monday, Screven County 911 dispatched deputies and EMS to the scene, where they found Wilcox dead due to a "possible" attack by the dog, he said.

"Due to the unusual nature of the call, I requested and received assistance from Georgia Bureau of Investigation forensics personnel, who assisted deputies in processing the scene," Kile said.

Further investigation revealed no signs of foul play.

An autopsy conducted by the GBI Medical Examiner's Office in Savannah confirmed Tuesday that Wilcox died as the result of injuries she received from the attack, he said.

"No one else was in the home at the time of the incident," he said. "The dog, a male pit bull, was put down by the owner immediately following the discovery of the attack."

Wilcox was familiar with the pets at that residence and had handled them safely on numerous occasions in the past. None of the dogs in the home had any known history of viciousness or aggression, Kile said.

According to Wilcox's Facebook page, she was employed as a meat inspector with the Georgia Department of Agriculture and studied pre-veterinary medicine at Gainesville State College and animal science at the University of Georgia.

Kile said the Newington Police Department and Georgia State Patrol assisted in the case.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Wilcox's family and loved ones," he said.

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.



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